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I have over 25 years’ advocacy experience, having called to the Bar in Scotland 1995.  In March 2019 I also called to the Bar of England and Wales and have been a door tenant with 33 Bedford Row Chambers since June 2019.  According to the latest (2021) Chambers & Partners Directory I am "very user friendly." 

I have been Public Access registered since May 2020.   My principal areas of practice are:

Employment Law
Town and Country Planning
Administrative Law
Professional Regulation

I am ranked in Chambers and Partners UK Bar Directory 2021 for Planning and Environmental Law (see below).  I was also ranked in the top 10 first tier of junior counsel for Employment Law in Scotland in the 2019 edition of the Legal 500. I have appeared before the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)and the SSSC, which is the body regulating social workers in Scotland.

I have been a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 1998.  I have conducted planning inquires for developers, objectors and local authorities in relation to a number of high-profile applications.  I have appeared on many occasions in the Scottish equivalent of the High Court and the Scottish Court of Appeal in relation to judicial review actions against planning authorities.

In August 2018, I was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators having passed their professional exams.

 My expertise has been recognised for many years in legal directories: the current Chambers and Partners UK Bar
Directory 2021 describes me as a "Seasoned junior with a substantial background in planning and environmental law: Conducts planning inquiries, judicial reviews and appeals spanning various sectors including renewable energy and residential property development." and "very user-friendly." "He is very experienced and doing a number of bigger inquiries. He has recently appeared on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council at the Blarghour wind farm inquiry to resist an application to develop 17 turbines on landscape and visual impact grounds."

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